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Hoods Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hoods Crossroads ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Hoods Crossroads (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Hoods Crossroads. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Hoods Crossroads ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Hoods Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hoods Crossroads: Hoods Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Hoods Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hoods Crossroads may originally have been Hood's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hoods Crossroads might be written as Hood Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Hoods Crossroads ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hoods Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hoods Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hoods Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Hoods Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hoods Crossroads.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Hoods Crossroads covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Painter Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Oakhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Moodys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Altoona Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Daileys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Clements Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mauldin Cemetery [Map]      
  E Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ellison Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lamb Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hood Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Blackwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Chitwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bird Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sauls Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gibbs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Robbins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fowler Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Gunter Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Reeves Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Choate Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gallant Cemetery [Map]      


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

While we didn't find Hoods Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hoods Crossroads.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Hoods Crossroads, with the one closest to Hoods Crossroads listed first.

Champion   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Champion had a post office and railroad service
Bird - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bird was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Bird had a post office and no railroad service
Oneonta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Oneonta had a post office and railroad service
Huldah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Huldah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Huldah had a post office and no railroad service
Nix - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nix was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Nix had a post office and no railroad service
Wynnville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Wynnville had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Hoods Crossroads
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
Chepultepec   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hoods Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Chepultepec had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Hoods Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hoods Crossroads in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Hoods Crossroads is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

Below are the counties that are near Hoods Crossroads. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Hoods Crossroads:

Blount     (The home county for Hoods Crossroads)
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Craig   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Hoods Crossroads, see our County-by-County Page for Hoods Crossroads.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Hoods Crossroads:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hoods Crossroads. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Blount County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Hoods Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hoods Crossroads) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hoods Crossroads. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hoods Crossroads

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hoods Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9884, Longitude: -86.4203     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hoods Crossroads have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Hoods Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hoods Crossroads.


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